The Indonesian Department of Public Works is giving Bali priority for projects connected to the supply of fresh water.
Budi Yuwono of the Public Works Ministry said: “The allocation from Jakarta for the supply of fresh water next year is Rp. 3.2 trillion (US$355.5 million). But, this amount is prioritized for village areas. Especially for metropolitan areas, only Bali and East Nusa Tenggara, we have been very selective."
Reported by Kompas.com, Yuwono’s comments were made at a presentation at the governor office on plans for the building of a water system for the Petanu River on Friday, September 16, 2011. He said that Bali and East Nusa Tenggara were selected for special treatment because of the lack of a water-supply infrastructure in these areas.
Yuwono added, “Bali is expected to experience a water deficit in 2015. While, in fact, Bali will handle a number of major international events such as the APEC Summit in 2013. Moreover, Bali is an international tourism destination. It’s not right is Bali is lacking in basic infrastructure, most of all water. Let’s not let Bali experience a water shortage.”
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